April Newsletter

In This Month’s Newsletter:

Ripon College, Wisconsin – April 20

Topanga Mountains – April 25
Ohio University – April 29/30
Ohio Workshop with Burning Feather – May 1
Oberlin College – May 3-8
Diane Lefer – Performances – April 10 and 23
Street Theater Demonstration with/JYC
Afghanistan – post-trip update
Theater for Social Justice – Palestine Campaign
The Blessing Next to the Wound – excerpt


Ripon College Ethical Leadership Program (ELP) in Wisconsin presents

Hector Aristizabal in NightWind and Awaken the Imagination workshop

April 20th

Location: TBA

For more information contact:

Lindsay A. Blumer, Executive Director Harwood Union
Phone: (920) 748-8316 Fax: (920) 748-7243


Topanga Dare’ Healing Circle – NightWind performance

Topanga Dare’ Healing Circle
April 25th, 2.30pm
Topanga Mountains
(Location and directions will be provided upon registration)

For reservations and more information, please contact Danelia Wild: or 310-815-1060


Ohio University – April 29/30

Thursday April 29th: Lecture – The Popular Theater as a Tool for Social Change

In this interactive lecture Hector will explore with audience participation some of the main techniques he has been developing while traveling the world and working with communities at risk.

Time: Noon- 2:00 PM –- FREE Event

Venue: The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, MLK Jr. Lounge/Room #100-A

Address: 153 W. 12th Ave. Columbus OH 43210-1389. Phone: (614) 292-0074


Friday April 30th: Nightwind – a solo play & workshop

Time: 6:30- 8:00 PM — FREE Event

Venue: TBA


Ohio Workshop with Burning Feather – May 1

Saturday May 1st, 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Ave
Columbus, Ohio

Admission: $35

For reservations and information, call: (614) 975-1085
and visit:


Oberlin College – May 3-8

Hector will return for his fourth visit to Oberlin College. He has been invited by Oberlin Latin America Activists, Oberlin Street Law and Oberlin High School to offer a 5-day intense workshop that will culminate in a Forum Theater piece and a street theater performance/parade, on May 8th.

For more information, please contact Allison Swaim at:


Diane Lefer – Short fiction performances

Come and enjoy Diane Lefer performing her own pieces of short fiction:

San Francisco – Saturday, April 10, 2010, 7:30 PM
Writers with Drinks,  hosted by Charlie Anders, 3225 22nd Street

Los Angeles – Friday, April 23, 2010, 7:30 PM
Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA


Street Theater Demonstration with YJC – March 8th

ImaginAction participated with Youth Justice Coalition in a street theater demonstration in front of the LA Superior Court, to raise public awareness of the extreme sentences (including life without possibility of parole) being handed down to minors.


Afghanistan – post-trip update

Hector Aristizabal is happy to announce that the young boy, Sayed Abdullah, whom he met during his visit to Afghanistan and who was badly injured by American forces during an aerial attack to his village, is now being reevaluated in Kabul by German doctors to see if he needs further treatment. With the help of Cole and Ann Miller from No More Victims ( and a group in Michigan, HCC, Healing Children of Conflict we have been able to facilitate real help to at least one child at a time. We are also working on helping others and will keep you informed. If you would like follow Sayed’s case or to help, please contact HCC at


Theater for Social Justice – Palestine Campaign

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far through Hector’s birthday campaign. We appreciate all of your support and donations to this project. We invite you to keep up-to-date through the website:


The Blessing Next to the Wound – excerpt

“Four AM. A low-income housing project on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia. The whole neighborhood shook as military trucks rumbled into the barrio on the hunt for subversives. It was 1982, I was 22 years old. We were living under the Estatuto de Seguridad, a repressive law which looked on almost any opposition to the government as Communist-inspired. It was dangerous to talk politics. Sometimes even more dangerous to create art. Friends of mine from the university had been seized and disappeared only to reappear as cadavers found in a ditch, bodies covered with cuts and burns, toes and fingers broken, tongues missing, eyes gouged out”.

from The Blessing Next to the Wound: A Story of Art, Activism, and Transformation, available in June from Lantern Books